Market Overview

9 Stocks Institutional Investors Bought En Masse Last Quarter


Looking at 13F statistics, the most popular stock among hedge funds in the fourth quarter was Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), with almost 2,000 institutions betting on it. 

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA) had the most new positions, followed by Anthem Inc (NYSE: ANTM). Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) was the most dumped stock in the quarter.

Let's take a closer look.

New Arrivals

According to Whale Wisdom, Walgreens saw the most new arrivals (997). The company changed its ticker; Walgreens formerly traded as WAG until the last day of 2014.

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Similar was the case of Anthem Inc, formerly WellPoint Inc. (NYSE: WLP), which witnessed 675 new arrivals.

The third most popular in terms of arrivals was California Resources Corp (NYSE: CRC), which was spun off of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) over the fourth quarter. The company now counts the support of more than 510 institutional investors, including Mason Hawkins’ Southeastern Asset Management, which disclosed ownership of $184 million in stock last quarter.

CDK Global Inc (NASDAQ: CDK) is next, and saw 471 new institutional investors last quarter, including Jeffrey Tannenbaum’s Fir Tree.

Halyard Health Inc (NYSE: HYH) had 444 institutions starting new positions over the fourth quarter after it was spun off Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB).

Other popular stocks were:

  • Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI), with 439 new arrivals
  • Keysight Technologies Inc (NYSE: KEYS), with 346 new arrivals
  • KLX Inc (NASDAQ: KLXI), with 285 new arrivals
  • Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA), with 263 new arrivals

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